Summer Day Camp

IT'S ALMOST TIME!  Seven weeks of summer fun with games, sports, arts and crafts, movies, guest speakers, field trips and much more!  This year's Pasco County Summer Day Camp program will be Monday - Friday, June 13- July 29, 2022 (no camp on July 4, 2022). The Summer Day Camp will be limited to ages 5-13, Nature Day Camp at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park will be limited to ages 7-13, and the hours of operation at each location will be from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on our Summer Day Camp program, please call (813) 345-3145. 

In addition to our traditional camp settings, we will be offering an inclusive camp option called EPIC, which stands for Exceptional Play in Camp.  Epic Camp will be limited to ages 8-15. Additional information about this camp can be found below. 

SUMMER DAY CAMP LOCATIONS:

View the Summer Day Camp locations webpage

ONLINE ONLY REGISTRATION BEGINS:

  • April 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for Pasco County families registering for the FULL 7-week program (only half the spots for each site will be available at this time).
  • April 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for Pasco County families registering for the FULL or PARTIAL summer options (any remaining spots from 4/9/22 and the other half of the spots for each site will open up at this time).
  • April 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for Non-Pasco County families and county residents registering for any remaining summer day camp options (some sites  may be full by the time this registration opens up).

Summer Day Camp must be paid in full at time of registration. The number of camp locations have decreased for this year, so please look at the link below for locations and number of available spots prior to registration.

*Please note camp operations are subject to change and a complete cancellation may happen based on several factors related to the pandemic. Refunds will be available for any PRNR-initiated cancellations.

**Please note: During this registration period, there will be NO partial refunds allowed. Refunds for the entire program must be requested 2 weeks in advance and must have approved documentation for summer school, moving out of the area, or a prolonged health condition. Vacations, general illness, and/or all other refund request will NOT be granted. If the program should be cancelled by the PRNR Department, a refund will be provided to all affected participants. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW/DO BEFORE REGISTRATION:

IMPORTANT: Before beginning the registration process, please be sure your account is created and/or up to date. Be sure to add all family members and make sure the information for each member is correct.

*Space is limited*

Each selection must be paid for at the time of registration. Any selections not paid for during this process may NOT be available to you later. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

  • Visa, MasterCard, and Discover ONLY

TO REGISTER:

View the Summer Day Camp online reservation webpage

TO PARTICIPATE, A CHILD MUST:

  • Be able to use the restroom without assistance.
  • Be able to handle a 20:1 camper to counselor ratio. *excludes Special Needs Summer Day Camp
  • Be able to follow directions and perform routine daily tasks without one-on-one guidance.
  • If your child would excel in a lower camper to counselor ratio, please look at the EPIC Camp information below. 

LUNCH:

All participants must bring their own Lunch and Snack each day. No food will be provided by the school board or Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. 

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS:

Our staff is carefully selected and screened through interviews, background checks, and FDLE Criminal History reports. The staff is preferred to have a high school diploma or GED and experience working with children. Training is provided in safety, discipline, recreational games and sports, and behavior management.

EPIC CAMP INFORMATION:

Exceptional Play in Camp!!!  In an effort to provide a summer camp experience for children that may excel with some additional support, an inclusive camp option is available at 5 of our Summer Day Camp locations.  There will be a 4 camper to 1 counselor ratio, and a behavior specialist will be on site at each location.  We will accept children ages 8-15 years old.  This camp option is $450 for 5 weeks, running from June 20th through July 22nd.  For details on how to apply for this camp, please contact epic@pascocountyfl.net.

SUMMER DAY CAMP RESIDENT YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:

The scholarship program is available to Pasco County Residents ages 5 to 13 years of age. 

The Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price Meals, from the Pasco County School Board, are the guidelines utilized by the Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Department for awarding scholarships.

View the Summer Day Camp Resident Scholarship Program webpage

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM:

Young adults, age 14-17, may be eligible to participate in our volunteer Counselor in Training (CIT) Program. This program provides teens with the opportunity to gain experience working with children in a recreational setting. Selected CIT’s will participate in the planning and operation of camp, assist with maintenance, and be a role model and friend to younger campers. CIT’s will receive training and performance evaluations to help develop the social, mental, and physical skills needed for future employment.

CIT application packets can be picked up at the Pasco County Recreation Complexes starting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Applications must be turned in by Friday, May 13, 2022. Positions are limited. Birth certificate for proof of age is required. Selection will be based on previous experience in recreation and with children, school grades, extracurricular involvement, reference letters from adults, and a personal interview. 

Please call (813) 345-3145 for more information about becoming a CIT.